Protecting Skin from Ultraviolet (UV) Rays
Here are some ideas to help you keep your skin young by protecting it from the sun. In my opinion, I would not go outdoors without putting on sunscreen. It’s great to be on the beach as long as you have your skin covered and protected from sun light by using sunscreen and other means.
- Avoid exposing yourself at peak hours (10am – 2pm)
- Wear clothing that protects, such as long sleeved tops and full pants. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, fabrics that are made of polyester or nylon, that are woven tightly and are dark in color will give you good protection against UV radiation. Ranked second is tightly woven cotton. White cotton T-shirts don’t offer a lot of protection since it’s light in color and it isn’t woven tight.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more on any area of your skin that is exposed. Use it every day, regardless of whether or not it is sunny. Apply it generously. Your sunscreen should provide broad spectrum protection from Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays as well as Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. The ingredient Mexoryl SX provides lot of protection against all UV rays. So its better to choose products with this ingredient. Physical blocks such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are also beneficial ingredients.
- Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours. In addition you have to apply after swimming or after any exercise that causes sweating.
- While you go out put on hat with wide brim.
- For your lips, use a lip balm that is at least SPF 15.
- Be particularly careful when laying on the beach, boating, or when you are out in the cold. The sun’s rays are reflected and magnified by sand, water, and snow, so you are more likely to get a sunburn.
- Avoid tanning booths. Just like sun exposure, UV light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and photoaging.
- Refer to the UV index. It is very important to consider the sun exposure, so the National Weather Service (NWS) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) created the UV Index. This is available daily in a number of cities in US. The purpose of this index is to help you avoid getting too much sun exposure.
- To look tanned, use a sunless self-tanning product that includes a sun screen.
Diet tips for skin protection
- Eat more foods containing carotenoids especially lycopene and beta carotene.
- Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa flavanols and is good for the skin in moderation.
- Drink as much green tea as you wish, it’s healthy and tastes good.
- Eat more foods with high selenium content.
- Regularly eat fish and other foods that contain omega-3.
Be sure not to get a sunburn. If you have had more than five sunburns, your risk of developing skin cancer will be doubled.